According to StubHub it's the second most expensive game on the secondary ticket market all season long. According to local radio ad spots it's "The Game Everyone Has Waited All Year to See!" According to the man and woman on the street in the Puget Sound it's a chance to shut San Francisco's mouths FOR GOOD (or at least until the two teams meet down south on December 8th.) It's the Seahawks and the 49ers on Sunday Night Football!
St. Louis and Arizona notwithstanding almost everyone expects the NFC West to be an act in two parts. Seahawks/Niners, Niners/Seahawks depending on your attitude and your latitude with respect to NFL football out West. The two teams are, in many ways, mirror images. Both like to run the ball. Both have defenses with a touch of mean about them. Both have elite running backs with solid support behind the star back. Who you think is better probably comes down to what you like in a quarterback and head coach.
The Seahawks have Russell Wilson behind center. Don Draper could take lessons in cool from this second year quarterback out of the University of Wisconsin. Wilson plays the position like a ten year veteran, seldom making a mistake. He posted the first 300+ yard game in his career in last week's season opener at Carolina. He appears to only be getting better.
The 49ers have Colin Kaepernick behind center. Spiderman's nemesis Electro could take lessons in electricity from this third year quarterback out of the University of Nevada. Kaepernick plays the position as if it's something that he invented himself. He posted the first 400+ yard game in his career in last week's season opener at home against Green Bay. He appears to only be getting better.
Who would you rather have? Likely it comes down to whether you are 12th Man or 49er Faithful?
The 49ers are coached by the fiery and emotional Jim Harbaugh. The Seahawks are coached by the fast talking, gum chomping Pete Carroll. The embedded video proves that two head coaches share a genuine disdain for each other and that it goes back to their days as Pac-12 foes. The postgame handshake will be brief if it happens at all. This is a big one and the leaders of the respective teams will be under a great deal of strain Sunday night.
Las Vegas lists the Hawks as a three point pick in this highly anticipated contest. The view from here is that this feels like a two act play where each team takes care of business at home. After that, likely an encore in one city or the other in the playoffs. Take the Hawks and lay the trey.
The game can be seen locally on NBC King 5 and nationally on your NBC affiliated station coast to coast beginning at 5:00 p.m. P.D.T. Don't miss Act One, Scene One. Noted baller William Shakespeare never quilled a better play.